moving out Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Alex Kovalev, Brian Elliot, and Chris Campoli . Filling the roster out for the final part of the season the Sen's gave auditions to youngsters Bobby Butler, Eric Condra, Colin Greening and NCAA free agent signing Stephane Da Costa. In the off Season, Murray had his contract surprisingly renewed, and not too surprisingly head coach Cory Clouston was replaced with Paul MacLean. The Sens had a lottery pick for the 2011 draft but fell all the way to sixth and selected Mika Zibanejad. The Sens also came out of the draft with highly skilled prospect and enigma Nikita Filatov after Columbus felt the need to purge them selves. In free agency Murrays most significant addition was the signing of the big Z. (No not Chara) Zenon Konopka will make the Sens one of the biggest and toughest teams this season in the NHL with Konopka (leading the NHL in PIM's the last 2 seasons) Chris Neil, and Matt Carkner all in the fold the Sens may lead the league in PIM's this season.
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Milan Michalek Jason Spezza Daniel Alfredsson
Nikita Filatov Mika Zibanejad Bobby Butler
Nick Foligno Peter Regin Chris Neil
Colin Greening Zenon Konopka Erik Condra
Jesse Winchester Zack Smith Mark Parrish
Mike Hoffman Stephane Da Costa
Left Defense Goal Right Defense
Erik Karlsson Craig Anderson David Rundblad
Chris Phillips Alex Auld Sergei Gonchar
Filip Kuba Robin Lehner Brian Lee
Jared Cowan Matt Carkner
Top Breakout Candidates
Filatov will be given every chance and a lot of leash to finally realize his enormous potential.
Plenty of candidates to make the team and make an impact. Da Costa, Butler, and Zibanajed will be given chances, but the top rookie for the Sens and a potential Calder candidate is David Rundblad.
Last year was supposed to be a break out season for Peter Regin. It wasn't. If the kids don't steal the second line center spot it is all Regins.
Sergei Gonchar. Perhaps Clouston insisting to play Gonchar on his off point on the powerplay last season led to his drop in points. Perhaps it is simply his age and he is declining. Either way Karlsson and Rundblad are the future.
Best Fantasy Value
Not many sure things to choose from but Karlsson is a franchise player, and if healthy Spezza can pile up points.
The Sens are a much younger team with new faces and just beginning what looks to be like a quick rebuild phase. There is so much uncertainty at every position going into the 2011-2012 season. What rookies will make the team? Will veterans Spezza and Alfredsson be relatively healthy?. Is Anderson the goalie the Sens have been searching for since coming back into the NHL? Will Filatov flame out like he did in Columbus or replace Dany Heatley on Spezza's wing.
Expectations going into the 2011-2012 season are much lower than this time last year. It will be a long season for the Sens, full of growing pains.